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Two brand new series from Holly Webb

May saw the publication of two  brand new series by bestselling author Holly Webb. Though she is best known for her animal stories, these two series focus on  different genres, although interestingly both feature a dog as one of the main characters!   Maisie Hitchins: The Case of the Stolen Sixpence with artwork by Marion Lindsay (Stripes …

11+ Carnegie Shortlist 2011 historical fiction Inquisition religion romance Spain Theresa Breslin

Prisoner of the Inquisition

Theresa Breslin (Random House Children’s Books) When young Zarita makes exaggerated accusations against a beggar to her Magistrate father, she cannot foresee that the catastrophic consequences will not only be instant but that they will also resonate for years to come. Her life is changed for ever, and so is the life of the beggar’s son, Saulo, …

11+ Elizabethan England Eve Edwards historical fiction love triangles RHCBA testing 2010 romance

The Other Countess

Eve Edwards(Puffin)1582, England. Ellie, Lady Eleanor Rodriguez of San Jaime, is in possession of a rather undesirable lineage in the Elizabethan Court : her mother, although deceased, was Spanish and therefore Catholic, and her father is a scholas but also a gold-seeking alchemist. Four years previously, they were ran off the estate of the Earl of Dorset after his father wasted his …